One-fire Trio Follow-up

In the past weeks I’ve been going through my books, making old projects with the new Trio. Everything is so easy and fast now – one short firing, no compatibility issues. I hope you’ve had a chance to play with the One-fire Trio, starting with the beginners projects I posted last week. If you are out of ideas and would like to experiment some more, here are a few suggestions:

Changing Places

Changing Places

Changing Places

The instructions for making pieces like this (a technique I call “Changing Places”) can be found in the book: The Handbook of Metal Clay: Textures and Forms (2nd edition), pp. 21-26.

Keep in mind: it’s best to make backing layers out of steel, 6-8 cards thick. It will hardly add any weight to the pieces, since steel is so light. This does not apply to pieces where the steel is used in just small amounts:


The bird in the photo above is colored with Super Blue Patina.

The Trio doesn’t work so well for mokume-gane, or wherever a high contrast is required. The reason is that steel does not react with Baldwin’s Patina when fired at the high temperature required for the Trio. Super Blue Patina will darken all metals, not only steel.

Hollow Form

Hollow Form

The core of the two hollow forms above is made with Champagne Bronze, since it has the highest shrinkage rate.


I am making now pieces made out just of Steel and Champagne Bronze. Next posting will include a project and some photos.


14 Responses to “One-fire Trio Follow-up”

  • robin Says:

    I love the pieces. Unfortunately so far I am having a problem as my kiln isn’t getting hot enough to sinter so the pieces I have been making arent “cooked” all the way.I guess I will have to save for a new kiln that gets to the temp it needs. I really love the ease of mixing the clay etc and hope once I get a new kiln I can use this clay!

  • Melody Pierson Says:

    Beautifulllll as usual…I ordered the sampler…Can’t wait!

  • Pamela Pollock Says:

    super fabulous! i am going to try it out this week!

  • Ro Germaine Says:

    Well, Nancyrose and I just finished pieces with the TRIO, and will fire in the next few days. We want to make a few more….Thanks Hadar.

  • Betty Ramsey Says:

    In some of the photos, it appears that the overlay materials are folded at the edges. Please advise how to achieve this look.

  • RobinBeth Faulkner Says:

    I made a two piece locket from the fast fire copper. Came out great, added a center bezel with epoxy fill with a saying for a friends daughter, they both love it and she wears it every day. What more could you ask for.
    Blessings –

  • RobinBeth Faulkner Says:

    I look forward to getting the one fire sampler.

  • Margaret Wells Says:


    This is so exciting! I can’t wait to try out the new clays.

  • Georgie Galante Says:

    Just got my order…excited to try new clay!

  • Jackie Schubbe Says:

    Hi Hadar – I made some pieces with the trio and have a couple of questions:
    1. Is there a way to get more contrast if I want it? I made a piece with the bronze inlaid in the steel and would like more contrast.
    2. Have you had any trouble with the champagne bronze blistering if fired alone at the 1830? I did have one champagne piece that blistered and am wondering if I can lower temp 10-20 degrees. I do know my muffle kiln runs hot. The mixed pieces were not a problem.

    Thanks for your help. Otherwise, I LOVE the new clays. So easy to work with!

  • Ro Germaine Says:

    Robin on Jan. 14th. try to sinter them on the stove or on the camp stove. That is if you kiln is hot enough to deal with the firing after that. Just a thought.

  • Hadar Jacobson Says:

    Question 1 – No. At this high temperature the steel does not react with Baldwin’s Patina. So the trio is not a good fit for married metals – inlay, onlay and mokume gane. Second question: You can certainly lower the temperature for Champagne Bronze.

  • Hadar Jacobson Says:

    Betty, it’s hard to explain in writing. I hope to write a project on it one day.

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